The Montgomery-Asberg Depression Scale: reliability and validity

Acta Psychiatr Scand. 1986 May;73(5):544-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.1986.tb02723.x.


The Montgomery-Asberg Depression Scale was evaluated in 44 depressed inpatients. All items of the scale occurred frequently in the sample; the scale exhibited construct validity (internal homogeneity) and concurrent validity relative to the Hamilton Depression Scale and the concepts of endogenous and nonendogenous depression. Sleep disturbance, reduced appetite, and suicidal thoughts, correlated poorly with the remainder of the scale. Reasons for this finding are discussed. Inter-rater reliability was demonstrated between a psychiatrist and a nurse on individual item and total scale scores.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Depressive Disorder / diagnosis*
  • Depressive Disorder / drug therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Isocarboxazid / therapeutic use
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales*
  • Psychometrics


  • Isocarboxazid